Hiker Dies in 113-Degree Grand Canyon Heat

From Times Wire Reports

A hiker from England collapsed and died as he tried to hike out of the Grand Canyon in 113-degree heat.

Avik Chakravarty, 28, and another hiker had started a 17-mile hike to the bottom of the canyon and back. They reached Phantom Ranch at the canyon's bottom in late afternoon and were advised by a ranger not to begin their climb out until later because of the heat, park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said.

They headed out anyway, and Chakravarty collapsed about three miles from Phantom Ranch. His companion hiked another two miles to reach rangers at Indian Garden.

For The Record Los Angeles Times Saturday November 05, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 99 words Type of Material: Correction Hiker's death -- A July 15 news brief in Section A about a man who died hiking out of the Grand Canyon, Avik Chakravarty, said Chakravarty and a hiking partner had reached the bottom of the canyon in late afternoon and been advised by a ranger not to begin their climb out until later because of the heat. According to new information from Associated Press, the men arrived in the canyon in late morning, which was when the ranger advised them to wait until late afternoon. The surviving hiker said the two started the return hike about 4 p.m.
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